We didn't think it was possible, but Paris just got a little bit chicer with the July 4 opening of La Maison Champs-Elysées, a 57-room hotel (and the 19th-century home of the Duchess of Rivoli) near the Golden Triangle whose ground floor was designed by the style gurus at Maison Martin Margiela. All common areas, including the lobby, restaurant La Table du 8, red-lit bar, cigar room and garden terrace, feature artistic techniques ranging from trompe-l'oeil to silver-foiled walls. Margiela's team also designed 17 "couture" rooms bearing the fashion house's signature stark minimalism, with mostly white rooms outfitted only with zen-like basics, as well as Apple Mac Minis. Rooms from $500 at 8 rue Jean Goujon; 33-1/40-74-64-65; lamaisonchampselysees.com.
Photo Martine Houghton